Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with the nation’s top teachers Monday and asked them to talk about the obstacles they face in doing their jobs. At least one of those teachers told DeVos that some of her policies are hurting public education.“We have a problem where public money is siphoned off from the public schools and given to children who are going to charter and private schools,” Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell said.DeVos’s response shocked him, he said.“She immediately answered that it was her goal to redefine what education is and that she wants to call all of it public education,” said Hazell, a Durant High School science teacher.Hazell was among 50 teachers who were in Washington representing their states as teachers of the year. The visit from DeVos was a surprise.Read the full story at WashingtonPost.com. … [Read more...] about Oklahoma teacher of the year meets Betsy DeVos, tells her school choice is draining our resources
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Education by Kristine Phillips by Kristine Phillips Email the author April 28 Email the author Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waits to testify before a House Appropriations subcommittee March 20 on Capitol Hill. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) While attending a robotics competition in her home state of Michigan this past week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was asked by a reporter if she had plans to visit some of the struggling schools in the area — the same question that journalist Lesley Stahl asked her during a “60 Minutes” interview a month ago. Her answer then — “Maybe I … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos was asked, again, about visiting struggling schools. A staffer interjected.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Oklahoma teachers who walked out of their classrooms to protest school funding cuts should "keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place.""I think about the kids," DeVos said Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. She had been touring a middle school and meeting with leaders of an anti-violence initiative in Dallas. "I think we need to stay focused on what's right for kids. And I hope that adults would keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place, and serve the students that are there to be served."Her spokeswoman did not return a request for additional comment.Tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers converged on the state Capitol last week, demanding more money for the state's schools, which have endured some of the steepest spending cuts in the nation. While the protest began over teacher pay, educators have shifted their emphasis, pressing lawmakers to invest more in classrooms and saying their walkout is in the … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos to Oklahoma teachers: ‘Serve the students’
Following her tour of a Dallas middle school on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was asked her thoughts on the Oklahoma teachers strike, which has now stretched into its fifth day.Oklahoma teachers, whose salaries lag far behind most of the nation, haven’t had a raise since 2008. After many walked out of classrooms on Monday and marched on the Capitol, Republican lawmakers moved quickly to pass a tax bill to increase school funding and give raises that would average about $6,000. But many teachers have vowed to stay away from the classroom until additional revenue measures are passed.“I think about the kids,” DeVos said. “I think we need to stay focused on what’s right for kids. And I hope that adults would keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place, and serve the students that are there to be served.”Read more at DallasNews.com.Follow all the coverage at tulsaworld.com/teacherwalkout. … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos to Oklahoma teachers amid walkout: ‘Keep adult disagreements’ out of schools
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a devout Christian grandmother from Michigan -- who has spent most of her life trying to improve the quality of education for poor kids. So how in the world did she become one of the most hated members of the Trump Cabinet? She is dedicated to promoting school choice but her critics say she really wants to privatize the public school system that she once called, quote, "a dead end." Now, after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, her portfolio is expanding. Monday, President Trump is expected to appoint her as head of a new commission on school safety charged with developing policies to prevent school violence. Betsy DeVos visited the school in Florida on Wednesday, but like almost everywhere else she goes, she faced criticism. Some of the students sent out angry tweets: "You came to our school just for publicity and avoided our questions." "Betsy DeVos came to my school, talked to three people, and pet a dog." Many of the students are … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos on guns, school choice and why people don’t like her